T-Mobile Boosts HSPA+ Coverage, Talks Network Suppliers
T-Mobile USA recently announced a new expansion of its HSPA+ 42Mbps network. The new markets gaining faster network speeds include Little Rock, Ark.; Springfield Mo.; Hattiesburg, Miss., and Madison, Wis. Together with its existing base, T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ now covers 220 million people in 229 markets. In addition to its network expansion, T-Mobile also announced that it has selected Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to supply it with wireless networking gear as it builds out its 4G networks. The two networking companies will provide and install 37,000 3GPP2 Release 10-compatible cell sites around the country. T-Mobile noted that it expects to be able to offer 3G services on it 1900MHJz spectrum before the end of the year. It is in the process of refarming its spectrum and will move 3G services from 1700MHz to 1900Mhz in order to open the 1700MHz spectrum up for its planned LTE network. It expects to launch LTE in 2013.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
T-Mobile Nearly Done Integrating MetroPCS
T-Mobile today said it has migrated the majority of MetroPCS customers off the company's legacy CDMA network and onto its own LTE network. T-Mobile says fewer than 500,000 MetroPCS customers are still using the CDMA network.
T-Mobile Cutting HSPA+ from Its AWS Spectrum
T-Mobile is more aggressively transitioning its HSPA+/UMTS service from its 1700 MHz AWS-1 spectrum to its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. Moving HSPA+ service to 1900 MHz clears up more room in the 1700 MHz band for LTE.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.